UK Plastic Tunnel Linked to Supermarket Highest TripAdvisor Attraction in Cornwall

Published September 5th, 2018 - 01:00 GMT
This plastic tunnel in Cornwall is a highly-rated tourist attraction (Twitter)
This plastic tunnel in Cornwall is a highly-rated tourist attraction (Twitter)

A plastic tunnel attached to the side of a Sainsbury's supermarket is the highest rated TripAdvisor attraction in a pretty seaside resort.

The 230ft structure has attracted more than 170 comments with visitors jokingly calling it 'one of the seven wonders' and likening it to the Taj Mahal.

The undercover walkway in Bude, Cornwall, has had people travelling from all over the UK to have their picture taken inside, who then leave glowing reviews.

One user said he was considering booking it for his Christmas dinner, but isn't sure about the 'dress code' and others compare it to the Sistine Chapel and the ruins of Pompeii.



It is now ranked as the first of 51 attractions in the town, with 173 reviews and counting, with 88 per cent giving it the top 5 stars.

Reviewer Rachel L from Chelmsford, who gave the tunnel a four-star rating wrote on Trip Advisor: 'We recently visited the tunnel with our four children and found it was great for a wet day out in Bude.

'We also had their grandparents with us and even they had a good time looking around at a more leisurely pace and talking to the friendly locals. Just wish it had a gift shop!'

Paul S, who gave it top marks on TripAdvisor and said: 'We travelled four hours to see the tunnel after reading reviews and have to say it was everything we had hoped.

'It was the same sense of awe as I have felt visiting the Sistine Chapel, ruins in Pompei and the amphitheatre at Verona. Highly recommended.'

Ian T also gave a 100% rating and said: 'Arrived in Bude in the AM and had lunch in town ahead of our trip to the tunnel.

We arrived just after lunch and was pleasantly surprised to find parking was free for up to 2 hours.

'The likelihood is, 2 hours in the tunnel is sufficient for most families. My son enjoyed the tunnel as did my wife. We enjoyed the gift shop too and bought a few essentials before our trip home. An excellent day out.'

Shaun P wrote: Am hoping to book this for Xmas dinner after my last visit, only thing I'm not sure of is dress code and times if anyone could help with that information I would be more the grateful, thanks in advance.'

Another described the tunnel as a 'must see' describing it as 'without doubt the crowning jewel in Bude towns magnificent buildings.'

The reviewer added: 'There is time to saunter through at a sedate pace and take in the magnificent views afforded by the perspex roof, on a good day you are able to view the beautiful beaches and the happy holiday makers.'

On Trip Advisor the tunnel is described as: 'The only tunnel Bude has to offer is open to the public free of charge, walk from the Sainsbury's car park to Crooklets Road completely undercover, protected from the elements whilst maintaining your view to the spectacular surroundings of Bude.

'Consisting of 36 metal arches and over 70m long, nowhere else in Bude can you walk this far undercover in a continuous straight line, all ages are welcome.'

The opening times of the tunnel are listed as being 00.00 to 23.59 and visitors are advised that visits should take less than one hour - two at the most.

The person who originally listed the tunnel, who wishes to remain anonymous, said they did so because it was 'one I have admired for a while', and they 'never thought that it would become this popular'.

They have also been selling postcards depicting the tunnel in the town to raise money for the Bude Sea Pool, a popular attraction.

They said: 'It's been a great talking point in the town, and one that seems to have brought everyone together. That's fantastic.

'It's great that as well as being a bit of fun, it will raise a little bit of money for one of the town's real attractions.'

The tunnel links shoppers from the Sainsbury's supermarket to the car park, protecting them from the rain.

A Sainsbury's spokesperson said: 'It's clear that visitors to Bude have seen the light at the end of this tunnel.'

However, not everyone has welcomed the hilarious reviews.

Donna from Derby gives a three-star rating and states: 'I didn't realise that this was an attraction.

'As we only thought it was a under cover walk way to get to Sainsbury's. A bit confused that people find it to be an attraction rather than a walk way..'

And Melissa P adds: 'Folks I'm not even sure why this has been created as a place! It's a Perspex tunnel at the side of a supermarket - we did use it as the Sainsbury's car park is free for 90 mins so it came in handy but i wouldn't go out of your way to visit and I certainly don't think it's of any architectural importance.'

Mark Hibbard, from Bude Area Tourist Board, said reviews people read online were unregulated and the town 'has so much to offer visitors'.

He added: 'I hope that the Bude Tunnel being rated as the number one attraction in Bude does not become detrimental to the 'real' things to do and visit in our town.'


This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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